Painting New Drywall
to Paint Drywall that has just been Hung, Taped and Mudded
By Mark J. Donovan
After you’ve hung, mudded and taped
your drywall, now comes the time for painting it. Before painting new drywall it
is important to make sure you have properly prepped the drywall surfaces. Check
the drywall for any imperfections in the installation and taping and mudding of
it. Touch up any areas with drywall sand screen, or if need be an additional
layer of joint compound. When inspecting the drywall surfaces make sure to look
at it at various angles and with proper lighting. If there are any ridges or
imperfections in the drywall installation they will show up in the finished
for Painting New Drywall
To paint drywall you will need a
drywall primer, paint, a paint roller and a couple of rolls, a paint pan, a
paint brush for cutting, and a shopvac. Also have some drop clothes to lie
around on the floor if your finished floor has already been installed.
Next, use the shopvac to vacuum the
walls and ceilings to remove any dust on the drywall surfaces. You can also use
a micro fiber tack rag.
Prior to painting new drywall
surfaces it is critical to apply a drywall primer first. If you do not you will
see splotches (a.k.a. joint banding) associated with the mudded areas, in the
finished painted drywall surfaces. Joint compound has a different porousness
compared to the drywall itself. Do not use any type of primer. Use a primer
specifically manufactured for drywall priming or that is recommended by the
drywall panel manufacturer.
|First apply primer to the corners and
edges of the drywall surfaces using your paint brush. This process is known as
“Cutting”. Then prime the rest of the drywall surfaces using your paint roller,
and brush. Sweep the paint roller in large W and M patterns on the wall and work
your way from the center of the drywall areas towards the floor and ceiling
edges. After using the roller in the corners use your brush to wipe out any
roller bumps that may have occurred on adjacent walls.
Photo by Mark Donovan
After the primer has dried you can then begin the actual drywall paint process.
However just before painting the drywall make sure you wipe the primed wall
surfaces down with a rag to remove any particles that may have collected on the
primer while it was still wet.
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Painting new drywall is done exactly
in the same approach as priming it. First cut the edges and corners with the
paint brush. Then go back and paint the main drywall surface areas with the
paint roller, again working from the center to the edges. Also initially apply
the paint in a large W or M patterns on the wall, and then spread the paint into
the surrounding drywall surface areas with long vertical strokes of the paint
roller. Again, use your paint brush to wipe out any bump marks when rolling in
the corner areas. You should plan on applying two coats of paint to achieve a
perfect painted drywall finish.
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